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Somewhere between 16-30 lessons graduation generally occurs. The average is around 16 lessons. This varies with each child’s ability and temperament. On Graduation Day the child is placed off the side fully clothed and has to be able to go under, surface, (face-up), get their mouth and nose out of the water, and maintain a back float for 5-15 minutes, or a length of time designated by the instructor, without being assisted in any way. If assistance is needed then we try graduation on another day. An instructor is within arms reach of child at all times. The last part of lesson is running the child through all of the rolls and flips with additional parent training, if necessary. Older toddlers may kick to side/steps and pull themselves out, if that has been part of their training.

AFTER GRADUATION … What then?

NEVER leave your child unattended while in or near the water.

Follow all safety precautions and always remember that your child is NOT drown proof. Graduation from Survival Back Float should never be considered a substitute for constant, responsible, parental/adult supervision. It is only one of the many “layers of precaution” that should be implemented for drowning prevention.

Adult supervision is a child’s only real drown-proofing.


Avoid water wings

Allowing a child to play freely in “water wings” can undo the back float in a matter of hours.

This practice places them in a vertical (head up/feet down) position in the water and is counter productive

to keeping them in a horizontal back float position.

It gives children a false sense of security when in water.

The potential for them to jump in without their wings is great.

We strongly discourage the use of water wings at any time.

Float your child as often as possible

When entering water make the float the very first thing you practice,

then have playtime, integrating float into playtime,

and the last thing before getting out, practice float again.

Use a pool, spa or full bathtub and have child practice floating where they are comfortable.

Talk about your child's floating to others

Let your child talk about it.

Call grandparents, family members and friends.

Make their successes a BIG DEAL… because they are !!!

They deserve praise.

With toddlers use photos and videos and continually show them what they can do.

This reinforces a sense of accomplishment and confidence in their newly found skill.

And above all

HAVE FUN…

we have all worked very hard mastering this skill.

Be with them, and let them experience the water

Obviously, always stay close at all times and available to help.

If they fall in, let them experience the rewards of their hard work,

and assist if/when necessary.

They have much to be proud of

- praise them -

and continue to reinforce the float.

The more a child floats the stronger the skill becomes.

Balance work and fun.

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